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Getting there & away

Buses and sǎwngthǎew from Pakse leave ­between 6.30am and about 3pm.

Ferries (US$0.20 per person, US$0.50 for motorbikes) from Ban Muang on the eastern side of the Mekong to Ban Phaphin (1.8km north of Champasak) on the western side run regularly during daylight hours, and 24 hours during the Wat Phu Champasak Festival. Travel from Ban Phaphin to Champasak by any vehicle is US$0.20 per person; US$1 charter.

You can also charter a ferry – actually two canoes lashed together with a few planks to create a rustic catamaran – from Ban Muang straight across to the Champasak boat landing for US$0.20 per person or US$1.50 for the whole thing. Jump on anything going between Ban Lak 30 and the ferry landing.

Leaving Champasak, sǎwngthǎew and buses depart for Pakse (US$1.30) until about 3.30pm, with early morning the busiest. Going south, get to Ban Lak 30 and hail anything going past.